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Robyn Goes Artsy For Out Magazine

In: Donovan, Music

If you’re a fan of Robyn, you’re going to love Out Magazine’s new editorial piece on her. Not only are her pop art-inspired pictures fantastic, taken by photographer GL Wood, but her interview for the magazine is fascinating as well. No wonder she is one of the most beloved gay icons in recent years.

Robyn first came to prominence when she was just 16-years-old when her debut album, “Robyn Is Here“, became a smashing hit. But as years went on, success in the United States eluded her, despite being huge in Europe. That being said, she wasn’t completely unloved in North America. Much like Kylie Minogue, Robyn’s gay fans kept her relevant when the masses ignored her. Even without this type of loyalty, the Swedish singer identifies with the LGBT community. And it’s not because she’s a lesbian, because she’s not. It’s partly due to her experience being mistaken as a boy growing up.

“I get mistaken for a lesbian all the time — but I guess I do have the most lesbian haircut of any of the girls in my field,” she laughs, referring to her signature blonde bowl cut. “And when I was growing up and I introduced myself to people I’d say, ‘Hi, my name is Robyn and I’m a girl,’ because in Sweden, Robyn is a boy’s name and I had such short hair. My handicrafts teacher thought I was a boy for three years. I tried to tell her I was a girl, but she’d just say, ‘My little boy wanted to be a girl when he was a kid, too.’ Finally my mom had to write her a note that said, ‘Please don’t assume that Robyn is a boy anymore because she’s a girl.’ Having that experience where I was confronted by people’s reactions to what I looked like or what I was supposed to look like made me identify with queerness. It still happens to me all the time, and a lot of the time it happens to me in America because even though what I consider butch is still very feminine in Europe, here you can shock people very easily just by looking a little queer.”

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5 Pick-Me-Up Songs!

In: Kyle, Music

Last night Bring It On was playing on TV.  As with any gay guy or girl of my generation, I have seen this movie a hundred times or so and yet, one part remains my all-time favorite. I’ll set the scene for you! Kirsten Dunst’s character, Torrance, is upset because her cheer-tastic life isn’t perfect and she may have just lost her new beau, Cliff. Upset, she sits in bed and pops in the tape (yes, tape) that Cliff had made for her pre-fight. Instantly Cliff’s infectious lyrics and melody pull Torrance out of her funk and onto her feet! Cheesy? Maybe, but life’s better a little cheesy.

Like good ol’ Torrance, we all have those days. Nothing is going right and you just need a pick-me-up! Luckily for me, I already have a playlist dedicated for these exact days. The songs I’ve chosen are not new by any means, just some good, go-to songs that’ll cheer you up. So lock the door, pull the curtains and enjoy!

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Last night, Logo aired the fourth annual NewNowNext Awards in glittery fashion. James Van Der Beek hosted the irreverent awards show honoring everything fantastical in pop culture and tomorrow’s next big things. This year the awards returned back to Los Angeles but at a new venue- the Avalon. I’ve been to the venue numerous times, mostly to dance my butt off at Tigerheat. It was definitely odd to go during daylight at last Thursday’s taping to cover the red carpet and interview this years nominees and presenters. Special shout out goes to Logo for giving Alex and I such a great spot on the red carpet.

In addition to the regular award categories, this year’s ceremony honored Lady Gaga with the “Always Next, Forever Now Award“. Definitely fitting since, the Fame Monster made her television debut on the NewNowNext Awards years ago. In between awards, the raucous crowd were entertained by wicked performances by Robyn, Panic! at the Disco, Oh Land and Wynter Gordon. The show also featured presenters including by Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, Carmen Electra, Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block), A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys), Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block), Brittany Snow (“Harry’s Law”), Busy Phillips (“Cougar Town”), Perez Hilton, Aubrey O’Day (“All About Aubrey”), Keegan Allen and Torry DeVitto (“Pretty Little Liars”), RuPaul, George Kotsiopolous (“Fashion Police”), Kim Coles, Lisa Lampanelli, Sara Rue (“Shedding for the Wedding”), Gretchen Rossi (“The Real Housewives of Orange County”), Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) and Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (“The Fabulous Beekman Boys”). Special appearances from the evening included: Johnny Weir, RuPaul, guest DJ and recording artists Neon Hitch, the queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Jessica & Hunter and Drew Droege (“Chloe”).

watch our coverage from the red carpet after the jump…

My Latest YouTube Sensation… Meet Eli Lieb

In: Music, Rich

He might not have a million views yet, so not a “sensation” yet, but I can’t get enough of singer/songwriter Eli Lieb. I first discovered him after going to a GREAT Robyn concert a couple months ago. I was singing her songs for days. Totally obsessed. So, I started searching for covers on YouTube and stumbled across Mr. Lieb. Hello!

His cover of Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’ was one of the best I’ve heard. It didn’t hurt that he’s cute as hell and stares right through the camera with beautiful flirty eyes. Sigh. Since I first discovered it, I’ve posted it on Facebook (a few times!) and have even been known to break it out on my iPhone at parties for others to enjoy. He definitely deserves the attention.

Check out Hang With Me. I dare you to disagree.

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Even though Robyn’s next official single is “Call Your Girlfriend“, a new music video for another track debuted yesterday on Pitchfork.tv. Not just any other song, but a bonus track from her “Body Talk 2” CD. So why did she drop a music video for a bonus track instead of “Call Your Girlfriend“? Technically, “Bad Gal” is being credited as Savage Skulls & Douster featuring Robyn. Sufficed to say, it’s being released as their new single from their “Get Rich Or Die Trying” EP.

The Swedish goddess channels her inner hoochie bad gal in this visually entertaining music video. Directed by Tim Erem, the clip has a vintage James Bond movie feel. Filmed in Southern France, it shows Savage Skulls involved in a car chase through the Pyrenees, a vintage tennis match and masked wrestler showdowns. Robyn also gets involved by working her best tango. It’s a fun video for a trippy addicting tune. Check it out below.

watch the music video below

Topher’s Top Ten Albums of 2010

In: Music, Topher

There’s still a few weeks left in the year, but a few publications have released their top of 2010 lists already (Rolling Stone, The Onion’s AV Club). I haven’t seen anything on the horizon that piques my interest, so I’m confident in posting my list a little early as well. I’m not a professional music critic, so there are a few albums I didn’t get the chance to fully listen to that might have made the list. I really enjoyed the following 10 albums a lot this year, whether at work, at the gym, or riding around town on my bike. I don’t think my music tastes will line up with some (read: most) of the other cast members, but here we go.

10. Girl Talk – All Day

This is more of a nod for Greg Gillis than the actual album itself. I mean, I’m pretty much his exact target audience: 80s born, pop culture enthusiast with a short attention span. That broad brush covers a whole whack of my peers as well, so it’s no surprise that Girl Talk has had so much success the last few years. All Day marks his fifth album, and 2nd since his rise to fame with Night Ripper. The mixes between old school hits and new school rhymes continue, but this time Gillis gives them a little bit more time to breathe. I love Girl Talk live, and Night Ripper and Feed The Animals were on my playlist for a LONG time. All Day doesn’t have as much staying power. The Beyonce / M.O.D. / Miley Cyrus mix is great, and there are a lot of places on the album that sound amazing, but I’d rather hear it live.

Check out the rest of the Top 10 after the jump…

Spin Magazine Names Best 40 Albums of 2010

In: Donovan, Music

Spin Magazine just ranked their Top 40 albums of 2010. Even though the magazine has a tendency to skew more alternative-rock, the list includes several hip-hop and pop acts. In fact, the top spot goes to Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy“. Earlier this week, West’s opus also claimed the No. 2 spot on MySpace’s year end list. In an earlier album review, Spin called the album:

“a ballsy, self-aware admonition that luxuriates in its grandiose reveal as an Assholes Anonymous orgy that gets nowhere close to serenity.”

Homorazzi.com favorite Robyn also made the list. Surprisingly it was only her Body Talk Pt. 1 CD that made the cut. You would’ve thought Spin would’ve included all three parts of her amazing trilogy on the list. Unfortunately for the Swedish singer, she also didn’t receive a lot of love during this year’s Grammy nomination announcement. She received only one nod for “Dancing On My Own“. Check out what other albums made Spin Magazine’s cut below.

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Concert Review: Robyn

In: Dan, Music

She did it. She came to Vancouver. She showed Vancouver what it was like to party like it’s 1999. She sang songs from her latest album. She made everyone remember exactly why he or she loves her. She made everyone remember why they love every single person they have standing next to them, when the times get tough.

Robyn. The girl from 1997 who release an album in the US with different album covers. I personally remember the gold and red cover art. I was 12 years old.

The reason I am writing this way is simply due to the gin. And the absolute love that I have developed for the artist that is Robyn.

Fave performances and group photo after the jump…

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